As the town will be replacing the heating and ventilation system at the senior center this week, there will be adjustments to the center schedule. The back half of the building will be closed as units will be places through the ceiling. Everyone will be entering through the front of the buil…

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Have you ever met an angel? I’m sure you have. You may not have realized it at the time. They may have looked just like an EMT, an old friend, or even a priest. You see angels come in all shapes and sizes. The key to recognizing an angel is to note the fact that they always show up when you …

Do you ever feel out of touch with the town you are living in? Or, have you ever moved to a new home and felt lonely and isolated, longing for some kind of connection with your new neighbors? Well, if either of those circumstances applies to you, you are in luck! Westerly Library and Wilcox …

“Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition,” the National Alliance on Mental Illness stated in 2014. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "20 veterans die by suicide each day.” And, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis…

A few weeks ago my husband and I attended a community event at one of our area’s most wonderful treasures, the Westerly Armory, an event that attracted several hundred people. As we were sitting at the table, sipping our wine while awaiting dinner, Steve came over to greet us, he a member of…

Stonington residents M.J. Brush, an artist, and her husband, Alan H. Brush, retired professor of physiology and neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, went south with both their passions and their 33-foot Cape Dory cutter to produce a decidedly handsome and insightful book about one …

She told me that she wasn’t trying to take my mother’s place. She only wanted to be my friend. I was 13 years old and still trying to deal with the fact that my mom and dad were divorced. I was holding onto the dream that they might get back together. The problem was that my mom was a lost s…

Since January of 2018, a group of us have been meeting in the library to write together. Some people who make it Saturday mornings at 10:30 to share work, prompts, and discussions about our favorite books are also published authors, whose expertise we greatly appreciate! The Adult Writers Wo…

Every 10 minutes, a patient is added to the organ transplant waiting list without any idea of how long that wait will be. If you’re lucky, you might receive an organ that day. But for most, it’s highly possible you will be waiting for years. Look down at your driver’s license. Around 45% of …

Every 10 minutes, a patient is added to the organ transplant waiting list without any idea of how long that wait will be. If you’re lucky, you might receive an organ that day. But for most, it’s highly possible you will be waiting for years. Look down at your driver’s license. Around 45% of …

With the weather having been so cold and rainy lately, it’s perfect weather for soup. The senior center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. with four types of soup: pizza, potato, French onion, and Italian wedding. Bread and crackers, coffee, tea, and dessert wil…

One question that residents often ask is why firetrucks and police cars respond when 911 is called for a medical emergency. It does not make sense to them to send a firetruck with hoses and ladders when someone is having a medical emergency.  Uncertainty surrounding the actual problem or com…

The instructor said, “If it happens once, it can happen again.” I was in a traffic safety course as part of my chaplaincy training for the local police and fire departments. In the video there was a one-car accident. The vehicle was sitting in the median between two busy roads. There were se…

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the singsong voices of vendors selling peanuts and Crackerjack ...it’s baseball season again! I was born and raised in the Boston area. My grandfather was a lifelong Red Sox fan and took me to my first game when I was about seven years old. Later,…

To Will Petts: A few weeks ago you wrote a letter to this newspaper telling us you were a fourth-grade student in Charlotte, N.C, and your class was going to have a State Fair to get to know different states in the United States. What a wonderful idea! You chose Rhode Island ... an even bett…

I remember it like it was yesterday. He was so excited. My friend, Greg, had just returned from the Boston Red Sox fantasy camp. He gave me blow-by-blow details of how he managed to pull something by diving for a ball hit by one of his heroes. He said the best part was sitting around with a …

I’m drawing a blank on what to write about this week! When in doubt, talk about some new books that might be of interest. After all, everyone likes to hear about new things, right? Of course, it’s all relative, because something that is of great interest to me most probably results in an eye…

If you have ever bought a home, the issue of “title insurance” surely came up. If you had a mortgage, you were forced to purchase it by your bank, and if you paid cash for the property, you were no doubt offered it by your closing attorney. And if this was the case, I’m sure your attorney hi…

You just never know how God is going to answer your prayers. We usually think it will be pretty straightforward. We ask God to do something for us. We pray for healing. We ask God to intervene in our circumstances. We lift up a prayer for a new car, a job opportunity, or to fulfill some othe…

Over the past 10 years, technology has developed at a significant rate, and progress does not seem to be slowing down. As a result, industries all over the world have been impacted by the dynamic changes to business environments. Will we adapt or get left behind?

What is your vote worth? Did it really count? Did they even count it? Wouldn’t you like to know? The trust Americans have in the election system will diminish unless we find a solution that ensures election votes are not being tampered with. It’s not farfetched to think that a lack of trust …

On Monday, an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine describes the results of a study looking at “scam awareness” in older adults without dementia and its relationship to new cases of Alzheimer’s dementia, MCI, and Alzheimer’s–related brain changes. The researchers from Rush Alzhei…

Evergreen contracts. Binding arbitration. Expanded overtime for firefighters. We’re only three months into the General Assembly’s legislative session, and we’re already seeing the return of these perennial special interest bills for public sector unions, plus some new ones tossed in for good…

A great poem is like a great painting — the more you look at it, the more it reveals itself. When you truly love a painting, you never tire of looking at it, and it’s the same with a much-loved poem. Like complex paintings, when we revisit the great poems at different times of our lives, the…

Ever since Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman made that wonderful movie in 2007 about two aging, terminally ill men thrown together as unlikely roommates in a hospital, the idea of the bucket list evolved and has since become a popular subject of conversation.

Every few months, at zero dark thirty, T.F. Green Airport is transformed into a dramatic patriotic scene with firefighter escorts, police honor guards, Scout troops, and cheering spectators. Saturday, April 6, was no exception. The transformation was due to the first Rhode Island All Female …

The day before we left on our mission trip to Puerto Rico it was announced that there were problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. I didn't think anything of it until our group leader announced that she had checked with Southwest and she thought we would be OK. What did she mean by that?…

The time has come to establish a minimum wage for state Medicaid-funded health and human (HHS) services. It is not only necessary, it is an issue of dignity and a moral imperative. Many of our Medicaid HHS workers support the state’s most vulnerable populations, including those with intellec…

Ned Lamont, our newly elected governor, has said that the legalization of recreational marijuana “is an idea whose time has come.” Legislators who support him are justifying this because of the money the state can make off it. After hearing this logic, I want to know if they’re all high!

Do you want to know a secret? Alright … but don’t tell any of my coworkers at the library! I once had a library book checked out on my card that was overdue by more than a year. I must have been about 10 years old at the time and I was a very forgetful kid. Plus, the library was on the other…

My piece a few weeks back about whether to attend my upcoming 50th college reunion, and the sobering fact that nearly 20 percent of my classmates have died, continues to draw reader response, both by email and in supermarket aisles.

I’m sure many of you remember the famous line from the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” I wonder how many times a day we are failing to communicate with our loved ones with dementia and how many times a day they fail to effectively communicate with us. 

I arrived early and sat listening to the pre-service music. It was my first visit to St. Joseph Church in New London. I looked around and was struck by the beauty of the church’s architecture. The magnificent stained-glass windows were a sight to behold. I sat there and soaked in the sense t…

On Jan. 22 of this year, after publicly acknowledging the reality that the vast majority of Hopkinton residents are opposed to the indiscriminate industrialization of the town through haphazard, and illegal, spot zoning to enable the installation of massive commercial solar energy facilities…

Canned goods. Cereal. Coffee. Basic needs, things that people use and typically have on a daily basis; basic needs that are still restricted to some in our community. When thinking of Westerly, we often think of beaches and summer activities. We are seen as a wealthy community with our beach…

Recently a family with small children visited my firehouse. The girl in the family was amazed to see two women in the station during her visit and was very surprised to learn that we were the firefighters on duty. She told us she didn’t even know that women could be firefighters. Unfortunate…

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I love food and I love to eat. Forgive me if I’ve written about food before! As far as I’m concerned, you can never say enough about the joy that food brings to life! Good food is one of the principal sources of happiness in life. When I’m eating lu…

The other day I was listening to a radio commercial heralding the “new” version of “The Phantom of the Opera,” now playing once again at the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the announcer was touting the fact that this production is “bigger and better than the original.” For the 130 mi…

There were 38 of us sitting around a circle. We came from 11 different churches across the state. A few of us knew each other. Many were strangers. We met in the airport and chatted as we headed off for a week in Puerto Rico to help with the rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Maria.

Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Madonna are just some of the 38 million people nationwide who enjoy knitting and crocheting, according to the Craft Yarn Council. Their recent survey of over 3,000 knitters and crocheters shows that people of all ages are enjoying these crafts, including a hea…

At some point in time, everyone is going to need a lawyer. Whether you are buying a home, have been injured in an accident, hurt on the job, are evicting a tenant, need a will or, God forbid, are in trouble with the law, the time will eventually come. The question you will then face is how d…